Betances Not Himself Yet

TAMPA, FL - It's no secret that highly touted pitcher Dellin Betances struggled with his command over in big league camp this Spring. Now back on the minor league side, he says he is working hard to get his mechanics back as the 2011 season rapidly approaches.

"I felt like everything was more of a learning process," Dellin Betances said of big league camp. "I felt good. I felt like my first couple of times were pretty good but then after that I was thinking too much.

"I tried to do too much and not be myself. I feel like I definitely learned a lot and it's going to help me out now coming towards the season."

Part of that invaluable learning process is figuring out how to incorporate his regular minor league preparation routine and translate that over on the big league side.

"I got so much feedback from all of the veteran guys, most of it was trying to be consistent with your command and basically throw strikes down in the zone," he continued. "That's where I need to be effective and get these guys out.

"I think it was me not being myself and thinking too much. I was out there [throwing] instead of just pitching. It's just a small mechanical adjustment that I need to do and that's why I'm here now. I'm working on some stuff to get where I need to be before the season starts."

Dry sides are not a daily part of the big league process for pitchers and that's usually the biggest adjustment minor league pitchers need to make as they transition themselves to the big leagues, and that is a particularly important issue for pitchers who need to focus on their mechanics more.

Now back in minor league camp, Betances has gone back to the basics somewhat, putting his knockout curveball on a temporary hiatus and focusing more on his changeup.

"I felt better but I still have some stuff to do," Betances said of his first minor league Spring Training outing earlier this week. "I was just focusing on my fastball and my changeup. My changeup hasn't been what I want it to be. I'm sure it's just something with the mechanics."

He gave up three runs in three innings in that outing which isn't too surprising considering he didn't have his curveball at his disposal, but the more mature Betances knows these minor league Spring Training starts are not about results, it's about development and getting back to what worked for him last year.

"It's just Spring Training and I'm here to work on stuff, but I definitely got hit a little bit," he admitted. "Right now I still have things to work on. There's two weeks left but I don't feel like myself yet.

"I'm working everyday on more dry sides and getting back into my routine. Over there I was doing more bullpen stuff but now I'm getting back into my routine as a starter and I'm going to keep working everyday to get where I need to be."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I felt like everything was more of a learning process,\" Dellin Betances said of big league camp. \"I felt good. I felt like my first couple of times were pretty good but then after that I was thinking too much.
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\r\n\"I tried to do too much and not be myself. I feel like I definitely learned a lot and it's going to help me out now coming towards the season.\"
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\r\nPart of that invaluable learning process is figuring out how to incorporate his regular minor league preparation routine and translate that over on the big league side.
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\r\n\"I got so much feedback from all of the veteran guys, most of it was trying to be consistent with your command and basically throw strikes down in the zone,\" he continued. \"That's where I need to be effective and get these guys out.
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\r\n\"I think it was me not being myself and thinking too much. I was out there [throwing] instead of just pitching. It's just a small mechanical adjustment that I need to do and that's why I'm here now. I'm working on some stuff to get where I need to be before the season starts.\"
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\r\nDry sides are not a daily part of the big league process for pitchers and that's usually the biggest adjustment minor league pitchers need to make as they transition themselves to the big leagues, and that is a particularly important issue for pitchers who need to focus on their mechanics more.
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\r\nNow back in minor league camp, Betances has gone back to the basics somewhat, putting his knockout curveball on a temporary hiatus and focusing more on his changeup.
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\r\n\"I felt better but I still have some stuff to do,\" Betances said of his first minor league Spring Training outing earlier this week. \"I was just focusing on my fastball and my changeup. My changeup hasn't been what I want it to be. I'm sure it's just something with the mechanics.\"
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\r\nHe gave up three runs in three innings in that outing which isn't too surprising considering he didn't have his curveball at his disposal, but the more mature Betances knows these minor league Spring Training starts are not about results, it's about development and getting back to what worked for him last year.
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\r\n\"It's just Spring Training and I'm here to work on stuff, but I definitely got hit a little bit,\" he admitted. \"Right now I still have things to work on. There's two weeks left but I don't feel like myself yet.
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\r\n\"I'm working everyday on more dry sides and getting back into my routine. Over there I was doing more bullpen stuff but now I'm getting back into my routine as a starter and I'm going to keep working everyday to get where I need to be.\"
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